The Players Championship earned a record audience on The Golf Channel Friday. In other news, the NHL and NBA playoffs set local ratings records in New York and Oklahoma City, respectively.
- Record Numbers For TPC on TGC Friday: Friday’s second round coverage of The Players Championship drew 1.804 million viewers on The Golf Channel, the largest audience on record (dates back to ’95) for early round coverage of the event. First round action on Thursday drew 1.126 million, up 5% from last year. Overall, week-long coverage of The Players Championship — presumably including studio coverage, though NBC did not specify — averaged 171,000 viewers, up 44% from last year. (NBC Universal Media Village)
- Rangers/Devils Opens With Record in N.Y.: Monday’s Game 1 of the Devils/Rangers NHL Eastern Conference final drew a 6.2 rating on NBC Sports Network in New York, the market’s highest local rating ever for an NHL telecast on the network. (Puck the Media)
- Thunder Blowout Sets Record in OKC: Game 1 of the Lakers/Thunder second round NBA playoff series drew a 27.1 rating on TNT in Oklahoma City Monday night, the highest ever for a Thunder telecast in the market. The previous record was a 27.0 for Game 4 of last year’s Mavericks/Thunder Western Conference Finals. (newsok.com via Fang’s Bites)